SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) – On Thursday, the City of South Bend will unveil its next big “tourist attraction,” although that’s a title the new Bendix Arena will have to earn over time.
Bendix Arena is among portions of the Century Center that have been remodeled to accommodate esports. More than $1 million has been spent on monitors, stage lighting, PC’s, gaming consoles, and even sneeze guards that stand around each video gaming cubicle.
“It’s just gaming at a higher standard than like any of us have ever, ever, actually done before,” said esports enthusiast Mason Fish.
“These computers are better than mine. I spent a lot of money on mine,” added gamer Ryan Juroff.
The facility has 36 HP Omen PC’S and four different types of gaming consoles.
16 News Now visited the facility on Monday night and found about 20 players mainly from Bethel University and the South Bend Lions competing and practicing.
“It’s going to put this area on the map for esports because there’s no other place that’s like this, especially with the 500 seat arena, really in probably a three hour radius,” said Bethel Director of esports Dan Wort.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Thursday at 11:45 a.m.
The facility will open to the public on Friday at 2 p.m.
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